We have an old cat who eats special prescription food. We are thinking about taking in a friend's old cat who also eats special prescription food. Is there a convenient way to do this?
Hi! We have a 15-year old cat who eats Prescription Diet y/d Feline Thyroid Health food.
Our friend is moving out of town, and we'd like to take in his cat, who is about the same age. But my friend's cat eats Prescription Diet d/d Feline Skin Support food. Both eat a mix of wet and dry food.
Is there an easy way to keep both cats, given that they both have to eat special food, without making our lives a lot more complicated?
Some things we have thought about and/or looked into:
- I understand we can do this by doing separate feedings for each cat. This seems like more hassle than we want to undertake: Currently, we just refill our cat's bowl 2 or 3 times a day and don't worry about it. The prospect of having to sit there and wait for two cats to finish eating three times a day each seems like a lot of extra hassle to me (though maybe I'm overestimating it?)
- I have seen technological solutions like this Meowspace
, that is supposed to only allow one cat access to a specific food. But I have no idea if it is any good. Does anyone have any experience with solutions like this?
- I wonder if maybe there's some cat-behavioral solution? Maybe the cats can learn to only eat their own food somehow?
Or of course, maybe there is some solution (or potential problem) I'm overlooking, in which case, I'm glad to hear about that.
Any advice would be very much appreciated!